South Pasadena Police Department assistant dies of COVID-19


SOUTH PASADENA — Funeral services were pending Monday for a 30-year-old police assistant with the South Pasadena Police Department who died of COVID-19, just days before starting work as a dispatcher.

“It is with profound sadness and heartbreak that we announce the passing of Police Assistant Bayron Salguero, who lost his life on January 16 due to complications related to COVID-19,” according to a Facebook post from the department. “Bayron had just completed the dispatch training program and was due to start his new shift next week.

“Though he was with us for only a short time, he quickly became a part of our family,” according to the agency. “He had a great attitude and was admired by everyone for his work ethic and willingness to learn. We will miss you, Bayron, Rest In Peace.”

On a GoFundMe page established on behalf of the family, Salguero’s future brother-in-law called him “the kindest person you could have ever imagined being around.”

“His ability to make people smile and bring joy to every person he met is the type of quality that is rare and pure,” Javier Alvarado wrote on the page. “He was the type of person that would do anything to brighten up anyone’s day and do his best to help anyone in need.”

Alvarado said Salguero was diagnosed with Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome in 2015, and the condition “almost took his legs.” Salguero overcame the illness, but it left him at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

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